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A butterfly-spotting excursion is planned at Neal Preserve this week. - Cindy Lane | Sun

Clubs

Professional women meet

The Together Anna Maria Island Chapter of S.W.A.T. (Successful Women Aligning Together) is holding its November networking meeting and lunch on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S. in Bradenton Beach.

S.W.A.T. meetings offer an opportunity to circulate business cards and meet other professional women and enjoy a lunch with a view. Guests are always welcome. The AMI Chapter meets every third Thursday of each month.

To R.S.V.P. for the AMI Chapter networking meeting, and for more information about the club, contact Janice Teeter, SWAT AMI director at [email protected]  or www.swatnetworking.com.

Book Club meets

The Friends of the Island Library will meet on at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The will discuss Kent Haruf’s’s novel “Our Souls at Night,” mad recently into a movie For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Needlework club

The Knit and Crochet Club of the Island Branch Library meets at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Garden club blooms

The Anna Maria Garden Club begins the new season with its annual plant sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Roser Community Church, 512 Pine, Anna Maria, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale features native plants, succulents, assorted herbs, hanging baskets and homegrown plants by club members and impressive raffle prizes. Proceeds from the sale and raffles will be used to aid and protect native trees, birds and plants to encourage civic planting and conservation. For more information, call Charlotte at 941-778-6758.

Exercise

Get fit while you sit

Roser Community Church hosts Roser-Robics at 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday in the Fellowship Hall, 512 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

Roser-Robics consists of  chair-based aerobic exercises designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. All ages and skill levels are welcome as variations are shown. Bring two cans of fruit of equal size and weight to be used for class activities.

For more information, call the church at 941-778-0414.

Get a chair workout

The Anna Maria Island Art League hosts gentle chair yoga with instructor Cindy Phillips on Wednesdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. at  5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. The cost is $12 per class. Spaces are limited.

Phillips owns Island Yoga Space. She holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities and performing arts from Southern Oregon University.

Gentle Chair Yoga combines breathing with postures to help improve strength, flexibility, balance and tranquility. This class will focus on stretching to foster healing and soothing of the spirit and gaining an overall sense of well-being, followed by balance and strengthening poses utilizing a chair as a prop.

For more information, call 941-778-2099 or visit Anna Maria Island Art League Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Games

Playing games

Fridays are for Mahjong at the Island Branch Library, 5702 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Play starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Nature

Butterflies flutter by

On Saturday, Nov. 18, nature lovers will have two opportunities to observe butterflies. From 9 to 11 a.m., observers will be able to walk through Neal Preserve, 12301 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

As part of the Wings over Florida Butterfly Program, participants will be given a butterfly checklist to become a part of a state-wide citizen scientist opportunity geared towards monitoring and protecting Florida’s native butterfly species. The program is suitable for adults Reservations are required. Call 941-742-5923, ext. 6036, or e-mail [email protected]

From 1 to 3 p.m., observers will walk through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, as part of the Wings Over Florida Butterfly Program recommended for 6- to 12-year-olds, but children of all ages are welcome. Reservations are required by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 941-742-5923, ext. 6044.

Master Gardener tour

Learn about the flora of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton, with a Master Gardener tour from 9 to 11 a.m.  on Sunday, Nov. 19. Explore salt marshes and salt terns to discover the plants adapted to living in this salty environment.

Sponsored by the IFAS Extension Program/Florida Master Gardeners. Suitable for all ages. Call the Master Gardener Office for reservations at 941-722-4524.

Night creatures studied

For the Island Branch Library’s preschool story time on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will present, “Nocturnal Neighbors,” about creatures that sleep all day and are awake all night. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Family Fun

Decorate your house

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is hosting a family fun event for the first 12 people who show up on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Those people will have an opportunity to decorate a tiny house. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Personal Development

Help for vets

A counselor will offer information on services for veterans in the lobby of the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, from 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.

Clear your head

The Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, is hosting a meditation session on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. There will be an instructor to guide participants. For more information, call the library at 941-778-6341.